Australia was founded in a drunken convict orgy in 1788 and today we encourage our youth to remember that spirit and intent.
To that end the Police have sent forth word that they’ll be keeping an eye on things:
ACT Policing will have a highly visible presence at the Australia Day Live concert on (Saturday, January 26) to ensure a trouble-free event.
This year, as in previous years, ACT Policing will place a particular focus on identifying alcohol-affected juveniles, with event security instructed to turn away young people who appear to be affected by alcohol.
Proactive patrols will operate around Parliament House from midday on Saturday and will include known locations where young people consume alcohol.
ACT Policing is also urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day long weekend and warns that double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences.
Double demerit points are effective from the first instance of Friday, January 24 until midnight January 27, 2014.
Meanwhile Mayor Rattenbury advises he’s laying buses on to help folk participate in full:
Take an ACTION bus to and from Australia Day events this long weekend, with a variety of additional services available, including some free chartered services following events, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“The Australia Celebrates Live concert kicks off at 5pm until10:30pm on Saturday, 25 January 2014 on the lawns of Parliament House,” Mr Rattenbury said.